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Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09

GUEST,DWR 18 Feb 09 - 12:07 AM
GUEST,DWR 18 Feb 09 - 12:19 AM
PoppaGator 18 Feb 09 - 02:53 PM
Terry McDonald 18 Feb 09 - 02:55 PM
Jack Blandiver 18 Feb 09 - 05:05 PM
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Subject: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 12:07 AM

Louie Bellson's drums fall silent: Rock Falls' favorite son dies at 84

Jazz legend's death leaves local music scene kind of blue

There is a third story in the Sterling Gazette/Sauk Valley Newspapers, but I think it would be rejected since I am posting as a guest
http://www.saukvalley.com/articles/2009/02/17/opinion/editorials/doc499af58022056475215364.txt

And here's the Wikipedia entry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Bellson

I didn't know Louie Bellson, more's the pity, as I born about the time he moved away from our mutual birthplace of Rock Falls, Illinois, but I certainly knew who he was and followed his musical career for many years.

People great and small had nothing but praise for Bellson's music, but perhaps more importantly, Louie as a person. Born Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni on July 6, 1924, Louie started taking drum lessons from his father when he was less than four years old. He performed on over 200 albums, with some of the greatest Big Band musicians, Louie Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, the list goes on and on. He married singer Pearl Bailey in 1952 after a two week courtship, a marriage that lasted until her death in 1990.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 12:19 AM

Louie Bellson 1957 Drum Solo

Louie on YouTube -- lots more available there.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 02:53 PM

Louie became SO much more famous for who he married than for his musicianship, which is a shame.

Glad to see more documentation of his work here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 02:55 PM

Didn't he write 'Skin Deep?' Every big band drummer in the 1950s just had to play 'Skin Deep' at every concert i ever went to.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 05:05 PM

Louie Bellson. One of the greatest. Here he is in the company of giants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDVZdZMCc0w


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Subject: RE: Obit: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer 2/14/09
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 05:18 PM

If I'm not mistaken, the great brush artist, Ed Thigpen, who I was privileged to see perform with the Oscar Peterson Trio many years ago, spoke of Louis Bellson as his mentor. There were many others.


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